In tweet, City Council member says ‘#BlackCommunity’ killed MLK

Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield posted a tweet on MLK Day blaming members of the “#BlackCommunity” for the civil rights leader’s death. 

“As we Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy remember it was members of our #BlackCommunity that Killed HIM, not pretty yet true,” Mayfield tweeted. “With this in mind I don’t want to see other #BlackPeople attemp to Kill #BlackLedOrganizations This organization has been around for Decades.”

King, at age 39, was cut down by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968, while standing on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray, a white man, was tried, convicted and died in prison for the killing.

Various conspiracy theories have circulated relating to King’s death, but no credible theory has implicated a Black conspiracy to assassinate King.

On Tuesday, QCity Metro reached out to Mayfield for comment. In an email, she said her schedule did not allow time to talk. She did state, however, that she had posted a second tweet expounding on her first.

Mayfield’s tweet

In three additional tweets, all posted after QCity Metro had reached out to her, Mayfield acknowledged that Ray had been “arrested” for King’s murder, but she said the “#BlackCommunity attempted [to] kill his spirit.”

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